Fine art of busy kids

IF the wet weather has you stuck for ideas to keep the kids busy these school holidays, the Tweed River Art Gallery might have the answer.

Murwillumbah gallery will be holding a selection of creative workshops for children ranging from weaving for beginners to making clay aliens.

Uki artist Marie-France Boissonneault will conduct a decorative tiles workshop on April 24 for kids aged between 7 and 13 years.

“We will be making a trio of beautiful tiles for them to take home,” she said.

Ms Boissonneault said the clay work allows kids to create a picture in 3D.

“The kids can work with ideas from nature or their imaginations.

“I normally see lots of animals and flowers.”

The children can finish their design with colourful underglazes before they are fired by Ms Boissonneault. They will be ready to collect from the gallery about two weeks after the day.

Participants should book early, phone (02) 6670-2790, emailing, or stopping in at the Mistral Road gallery.

Ms Boissonneault has also been working with Uki Public School students on tiles for the Mural of Uki.

Art activities

Alien Vessels in Clay with Francesca Yasukawa. April 16, 10am-2pm, 6 years to teens, $45. Kids will use pinch pots, slabs and coils to create a unique multi-spouted alien creature.

Portraits with Melissa Lees. April 20, 10am-1pm, 8 to 13 years, $35. Children will learn how to capture the essence and character of their subject with portraiture.

Weaving for beginners with Paula Cordeiro. April 21, 10am-1pm, 10 years and up, $40. Belt-weaving or back-strap weaving is a relaxing way for kids to learn the first steps in weaving cloth.

Zoo of your Imagination with Michelle King. April 23, 10am-2pm, 7 to 12 years, $44. In this workshop students will invent imaginary creatures in pencil and watercolour.

Decorative Tiles with Marie-France Boissonneault. April 24, 10am-1pm, $45. Make a trio of beautiful tiles.

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